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Planning Ahead for March Break

Though pandemic circumstances may necessitate changes, our current plan is to proceed with March Break as originally scheduled, beginning with a professional day on Friday, March 5 (so staff can attend the American Montessori Society Annual Conference) and continuing through Sunday, March 21.

On March 5, we will send families an email asking them to complete a Travel & Activity Survey before returning to school on Monday, March 22. The survey—and its subsequent recommendations of testing and/or quarantining—are prerequisites for all students returning to campus for in-person learning.

IF STUDENTS REQUIRE NEGATIVE TESTS TO RETURN TO SCHOOL: Students should self-quarantine for 5 days before being tested and while waiting for results. Please note this requirement is more strict than the state’s travel policy which accepts negative tests taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Connecticut. Evidence indicates tests are most accurate five to seven days after possible exposure.

In this situation, WMS’s protocol will align with DPH’s Travel Advisory, which states an individual who has tested positive for Covid within the past 90 days is not required to self-quarantine or provide a negative test as long as they provide documentation of the original positive test. (See FAQ 19 below for a complete explanation) If your student falls into this category, please email the test results to Jill Skilton at jskilton@washingtonmontessori.org.

7. What does self-quarantine mean?
Self-quarantine means to stay home or in your designated self-quarantine location, separate yourself from others, and monitor your health. You should not enter any public places, including, but not limited to, restaurants, pools, meeting rooms, or gatherings, during the mandatory period of self-quarantine. You may leave your designated self-quarantine location for medical visits, to obtain medication or to shop for groceries. A self-quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. The self-quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

19. If I have already tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered, do I need to self-quarantine upon my arrival to Connecticut?
A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 within ninety (90) days prior to his or her arrival in Connecticut and who has clinically recovered, or who has not been symptomatic for a period of ten (10) days since symptom onset or such positive test if not symptomatic, is not required to self-quarantine upon his or her arrival to Connecticut, provided such person submits, prior to or immediately upon arrival in Connecticut, written proof of such positive test result to the Commissioner of Public Health via email to: DPH.COVID-Travel@ct.gov or via facsimile to: (860) 326-0529. All test results submitted to DPH are confidential. All COVID-19 tests, other than COVID-19 antibody tests, are acceptable for this testing option. Such person is still required to complete a Travel Health Form. A person who has had a positive test result for COVID-19 more than ninety (90) days prior to arriving in Connecticut is required to self-quarantine and complete a Travel Health Form.